Farm pond scam surfaces in two villages near Vadodara

  • | Friday | 12th October, 2018

It was also learnt that the land owners had not applied for construction of farm ponds. He added that search operation is on at houses of Patel, Shah and N C Rathwa, who were arrested on Thursday. Patel, a resident of Modasa, had recently retired from government service. The accused siphoned off Rs eight lakh through fraudulent means in Sokhda village and Rs 3.6 lakh in Barkal.“They had made wrong entries in measurement books and forged bills to siphon money from public exchequer,” said an ACB official. VADODARA: One more irrigation scam engineered allegedly by officials of Gujarat State Land Development Corporation (GSLDC) has surfaced after the anti-corruption bureau ( ACB ) visited several farms at Sokhda and Barkal villages in the district.Similar scams were unearthed earlier this year in Kutch, Rajkot, Valsad and Panchmahal districts.ACB officials arrested a retired assistant director, a field supervisor and a regional assistant from their houses in connection with the scams in the two villages.Another assistant director and two private contractors were also booked under Prevention of Corruption Act and several sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) for forgery, criminal breach of trust by public servant and criminal conspiracy.ACB officials said that the accused have siphoned off more than Rs 11 lakh by showing the construction of farm ponds only on paper.After a thorough probe, ACB officials concluded that the accused assistant directors K G Upadhyay and N H Patel, field supervisor K J Shah, regional assistant N C Rathwa and private contractors Chhotu Rathwa and Jetharam Purkharam had committed irregularities.According to sources in ACB, the sleuths visited lands of nine survey numbers in Sokhda and four survey numbers in Barkal to check the farm ponds that were supposed to have been constructed as per the documents furnished to the government by the accused.An ACB official said that statements of land owners were taken and their bank statements were verified, which showed that everything was only on papers and no farm ponds were constructed.

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